Whether it’s so you can see the road better or for others on the road to see you, it’s a good idea to take advantage of the newest technology in über-bright lights. Deciding to upgrade your bike’s peepers to either halogen, HID, or LED can leave a rider in tizzy fits. So, we are going to give your brain a break and tell you just how we majorly upgraded our bike with supplementary lighting that was both mega bright and super easy to install.
Instead of messing with tearing apart the fairing or wiring up a bunch of repurposed car lights to our bagger, we ordered up Clearwater Lights’ Erica LED kit ($849). These lights have six LEDs per housing and each shoot out 6,000 lumens of light at about 60 watts of power. These lights are great for bikes because they have wide, circular beams, meaning there is light both spotted on the road as well as along the tree line. Yes, these lights are powerful and border on illegal when all 12,000 lumens are in full effect, but Clearwater includes a volume control knob in the kit, so you aren’t always riding around with your lights cranked to 11.
There are two portions of the Erica kit installation. The first was the mechanical and the second was the electrical. Clearwater supplied a great manual, which made every step of the installation easy to compete in a rather short amount of time with a few common hand tools. Here’s how we did it.